Ruth Barker

Ideas Move Away From Abstraction (Temporary Commission)

2006
Garden Between John Knox's House, and the Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh
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Temporary work 

 

Commissioning Body: EmergeD for Edinburgh Annule, as part of Yurta

Site: Garden Between John Knox's House and the Scottish Storytelling Centre, Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Description: A series of 'Bishop of Landaff' dahlias (red blooms on black foliage) presented on a raised stone 'plinth' within the garden along with a brass plaque reading: IDEAS MOVE AWAY FROM ABSTRACTION                                                     

Duration: July 2006 - September 2006

Press Release: 

IDEAS MOVE AWAY FROM ABSTRACTION is a temporary site specific work that suggests the enormity as well as the ephemerality of thinking and ideas. When asked to respond to this historic site, artist Ruth Barker was inspired by the history of selective breeding in decorative flowering plants - finding a parallel between the esoteric 'search for black' in the botanical world, and the changing history of ideas in religion and politics. The simultaneous power and transience of words and ideas is reflected in the poetic text piece that Barker presents alongside her dark garden, raised on a low plinth in between the two buildings. 

images by Jethro Collins